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  • Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

    NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. That's better than a high-five, which still passes along less than half the...

  • Aid Group: 2nd American has Ebola in Liberia

    BOONE, N.C. (AP) — A second American aid worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus at the same hospital in Liberia where an American doctor became infected while helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease, a relief group official said Sunday. Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press that Dr....

  • Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa — the largest ever recorded. A second...

  • APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a news conference Monday to talk...

  • Trial in salmonella outbreak to start in Georgia

    ATLANTA (AP) — Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia. A federal indictment unsealed in February 2013 brought charges against the head of Peanut...

  • Minnesota son hopes salmonella trial sends message

    ATLANTA (AP) — The son of a Minnesota woman who died after eating tainted peanut butter hopes a trial in Georgia sends a message to food manufacturers that there can be serious consequences for peddling contaminated food. Seventy-two-year-old Shirley Almer, of Perham, was among the nine people who died in a salmonella outbreak traced to...

  • UMass Amherst awarded $700k to study tribal health

    AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $700,000 grant for a research project to identity and reduce health risks in tribal communities. The project will focus on health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma and other tribal concerns. The grant is one of...

  • West Nile shows up in mosquitoes in Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been found in the last week in northern and southern Idaho. Authorities in Ada and Boundary counties both found mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus. In 2006, Idaho led the nation in West Nile illnesses with almost 1,000 human infections, which contributed to 23...

  • Lawsuit says animal massage isn't vets' work

    PHOENIX (AP) — Animal massage therapy is not veterinary medicine, insist a group of Arizona animal massage therapists who are suing the state. Three animal massage practitioners jointly filed a lawsuit against the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board in March, arguing that state regulators are unconstitutionally preventing them...

  • New Jersey considers restrictions on shore smoking

    MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) — Jane Horton hates when someone near her on a beach lights up a cigarette. "It makes me gag," the Wall Township resident said from a sand chair on the Manasquan beach last week. "Even if they're not right on top of you, the wind still carries it into your face." But Kristen Debell of Wayne says there's plenty of room...

  • Classes aim to hook US blacks on African foods

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Rickey Dorsey knows he doesn't have the best diet, and he's taking a class in African cooking in hope of making improvements. The Birmingham man is among about 500 people across the United States participating in a program to learn about cooking fresh foods based on traditional African cuisine. Aimed mainly at blacks...

  • Bills aim to bring family law into 21st century

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break. Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for "Leave it to Beaver"-era families. Jason Patric, star of "The Lost Boys,"...

  • Backlash has begun against gluten-free dieters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The swelling ranks of Americans adopting gluten-free diets have given rise to another hot trend: people calling the whole thing a bunch of baloney. And then requesting that the baloney be sandwiched between two pieces of white bread. Served with a cookie for dessert. David Klimas has a friend who recently went gluten-free,...

  • Advocates hope for broader medical marijuana law

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A narrowly focused medical marijuana law just took effect in Iowa, but advocates are already looking to see how they can expand access to the drug for the chronically ill. State lawmakers this year approved legislation that allows the use of oil derived from marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy. The law — driven...

  • NDSU gets grant to foster diversity among nurses

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University is getting a $350,000 grant for its Indigenous Wisdom in Nursing Program. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says the money is through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He says NDSU will use it to provide financial aid to students from backgrounds under-represented among registered nurses...

  • American doctor in Africa tests positive for Ebola

    BOONE, N.C. (AP) — An American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly virus, an aid organization said Saturday. North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse issued a news release saying that Dr. Kent Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly...

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